“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
Abraham Lincoln said that.
He also said: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
It’s been a while, now, since Lincoln said all those things. And yet, you have to give it to him: he’d make a great commentator on the UK 2015 General Election. The man just makes a lot of sense.
Prime Minister David Cameron has been responsible for the course this country has taken over the last five years. He’s responsible today, too, and that’s why he continues to say what we’ve heard him say so many times now.
“Let’s stick with the plan.” We owe it to tomorrow.
In the age of Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, millions of independent bloggers – the Prime Minister knows that it’s hard to fool…Well, just about anyone.
You may not necessarily love everything he says, but that’s just how it is. He’s the messenger, after all, and as much as he may have enjoyed delivering many of the most recent reports on the economy, I’m sure Mr Cameron would be the first to admit that the news hasn’t always been good over the last few years.
In light of last week’s interviews and the impending Punch and Judy show that we are likely to witness tonight, it’s worth keeping in mind this idea of responsibility.
Ed Miliband isn’t responsible – at least not in the direct way the Prime Minister is. Neither is Ed Balls, nor is Lucy Powell. That makes it all the more important to consider the questions they evade, and that’s why we can’t help but flinch every time one of them says “of course, we’ll know or do that once we’ve balanced the books.”
Labour representatives talk a lot about wanting to make the UK a better country to live in, tomorrow, but they seldom give any answers about how they would make that happen today.
The General Election is but 5 weeks away. We only do this every five years. We’re not talking about whether Sasha should win The Voice. We’re talking about the government, about the UK, about how we are going to live together for the next five years and what our children will live to inherit in the years to come.
We don’t doubt that Labour wants a better future for us all. We don’t doubt that Labour has good intentions. But we do doubt that Labour knows what they’re dealing with here. They haven’t, unlike the Prime Minister, felt the weight of this nation’s people on their shoulders every day for the last five years, and they haven’t, unlike the Prime Minister, told us what they’re going to do to make the country better.
And as much as we don’t doubt Labour’s good intentions, we do doubt that it’s the idea of an overbearing sense of responsibility that gets Mr Miliband out of bed every morning. On the contrary: it’s power that drives the man that backstabbed his own brother for the party leadership, and it’s power that drives him to make one desperate move after the other.
He can fool us some of the time, but he can’t fool us all of the time.